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New Iowa program aims to help human trafficking victims

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Modern day slavery.

That's how some people refer to human trafficking.

Cedar Valley Friends of the Family believes there's a need for more resources for victims of human trafficking here in Iowa. That's one of the reasons why they are starting a new program next month. 

"When you have a 14-year-old girl who is being sold six or seven times a night, it's a terrible, terrible thing," executive director Ben Brustkern says. 

One Waterloo woman shares her story with KWWL while staying anonymous.

She was kidnapped when she was just 16-years-old. She was taken to Minneapolis. 

She said, "Every night they would dress me up and make me go out and work."

Every day she'd watch T.V. in a locked room.

"I remember seeing Oprah Winfrey and being mad at her because she got to eat. I hardly got to eat. I would not eat every day," she says. 

The victim finally escaped, but years later she is still recovering. 

People like this victim are why Cedar Valley Friends of the Family wants to start this new program. 

Their goal is to provide comprehensive services for trafficked victims, everything from legal advice to finding housing. 

The program will also educate people on how to work with and help human trafficking victims. 

It will help victims in 14 counties across eastern Iowa. 

Right now, Cedar valley Friends of the Family is hiring people for the program and getting advice from similar groups in Iowa. 

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